‘Peaceful Repose’ by Kenojuak Ashevak, RCA, OC – Inuit Art – Cape Dorset 2007 print collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: Mild 1 ½” paper handling marks mid low section, 6” below the print number.
Description by Artist: No description by artist found.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: *** Last print available ***
Very large and very colorful print using the Etching and Aquatint print techniques including 6 different colors. A woman wearing amauti sits in meditative position where her legs transform into birds bringing her to float or fly … As a metaphor for a spiritual journey or mystic enlightenment, flight, or the suggestion of flight, appears in Inuit art with great frequency. The presence of spirits of the air or ‘winged spirits’ is significant in Inuit shamanism. In the traditional nomadic, hunting lifestyle, the shaman is the principal healer and visionary. A key to survival, the shaman is the intermediary between the Inuit people and the greater forces. The spirit helper or spirit animal and shaman have the ability to transform, and often appear to fly or to have wings. Capable of flight, supernatural beings enjoy limitless freedom in the Inuit spirit realm. In “Peaceful Repose” we see only a partial transformation where the shaman’s legs transform into birds that bring her to a peaceful repose by the helping spirits.